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Research Professional II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req12105

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

A full-time (1.0 FTE) Research Professional II position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona to conduct translational research to investigate the etiology, biology, and management of important plant diseases associated with fruit nuts and vegetable production in Arizona. The incumbent will be involved in several plant pathology projects. Research will be based in the Extension Plant Pathology Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Alex Hu.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops, plans, designs, and conducts research. Reviews progress and evaluates results. Coordinates laboratory and field work including lab equipment management.
  • Formulates research methods. Develops or collaborates in the development of new techniques and methods for plant pathogen detection and quantification.
  • Participates in the acquisition of research funding by initiating and writing grant proposals.
  • Participates or authors articles in peer-reviewed journals, books or chapter publications. Participate or presents at conferences.
  • Supervise, train and direct activities of subordinates and students
  • Supervise and manage the daily workflow, quality assurance, and day to day operation of Extension Plant Pathology laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as experience giving oral presentations and writing scientific reports.
  • Ability to learn and follow scientific protocols. Detail-oriented, organized, and maintain a clean working environment.
  • Experience
    with basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques: pathogen
    isolation, identification, cataloging and storage of pathogen specimens.
    DNA/RNA extraction, quantification, conventional PCR, and real-time
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and delegate to others.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD degree in Plant Pathology with 2+ years research experience in plant pathology research on crop disease identification and management.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Alex Hu

Assistant Specialist, Plant Pathology

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please include your research statement in the additional documents slot with your application.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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